Let there be light

May 12, 2016

“Romantic, dreamy lighting is one of the biggest trends we see [in tented events],” says Sarah Miller of Caplan Miller Events in Austin, Texas. “I love ‘layering’ lighting by incorporating chandeliers, pendants, and sconces with functional lighting such as pin spots and Lekolites.” “Lighting in general can really dial up an event,” says Jim Gallagher, …

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Lighting looks for less

April 1, 2015

Economic lighting design delivers stylish simplicity without breaking the bank. By Holly O’Dell To accommodate ever-growing interest in creating a memorable event, many tent rental companies will add to or upgrade their accessories. Lighting often tops the list of this evolving stock, and for good reason: not only does it offer the basic function of …

Creative lighting

June 1, 2014

Decorative lighting options set just the right ambiance for tented events. By Marisa Rizzo Lighting for tented events has entered an exhilarating and exciting time. With the advent of social networking, blogs and sites such as Pinterest, creative ideas are shared globally on a daily basis. Clients are more savvy about event lighting and decor …

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Warming trends

October 1, 2013

Provide a safe, comfortable environment for guests by matching the right heating solution to a tented event. By Holly O’Dell A proper heating system can extend the tent-event season into cooler months. By understanding the different types of heating methods, their pros and cons, and special considerations, tent rental companies can let clients know that …

Finding the right EPA-compliant temporary power supplier

August 1, 2013

By Greg Meador Q: What should an event planner look for in an EPA-compliant temporary power supplier? A: There is growing urgency to provide environmentally friendly power solutions designed to abide by applicable laws, regulations and industry standards. However, many event planners are not looking through “green-colored” glasses and are unaware of the potential consequences …

Creating an enlightening experience

June 1, 2013

Q & A with lighting designer Brian Toner. By Melissa Paul Lighting is the fairy dust at events, the invisible element that transforms a room from boring to beautiful. The most stunning centerpieces, table linens, menu cards and product displays are for naught if the space is poorly lit. Especially for evening events, lighting is …

Greener power at outdoor festivals

Report on power use at outdoor festivals outlines opportunities for greater efficiency and sustainability. A U.K. group dedicated to “greener” outdoor music festivals has released a free PDF document, The Power Behind Festivals: A Guide to Sustainable Power at Outdoor Events, on its website. Designed for promoters and festival organizers, the guide pools information gathered …

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Chill out with the right cooling system

August 1, 2012

The right cooling device, appropriately placed, allows guests to focus on the event—not their discomfort. By Holly O’Dell Many event-tent renters place a priority on the look of the tent and its interior decor, but the feel—i.e., temperature—of the event also plays an important role. After all, if guests are sweltering inside a tent in …

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Tent power 101

August 1, 2011

Designing a power plan that meets the needs of the client—unobtrusively—can mean the difference between an event’s failure and success. By Bobby Braun People are “plugged in” today more than ever. As the demand for electronics increases, so does the need for power. The world of tented events is no exception: More lighting. More sound. …

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The advantages of forming partnerships with lighting vendors

October 1, 2009

Even if you stock lighting equipment, a relationship with a lighting vendor will help you take advantage of everything fabric has to offer. By Jon Weingarten A continuing trend in the tent rental industry is the “one-stop shop” business model in which rental companies offer party rental products and decor services along with tents. It’s …